The Muppets honored with star on Hollywood Walk of Fame


Confetti filled the air and covered the crowd as The Muppets' star was unveiled outside the El Capitan Theatre. Muppet favorites Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal, Pepe the King Prawn and the newest Muppet, Walter, were in attendance.

"I want to say on behalf of the Muppets, we are just really happy to be here on Hollywood Boulevard today joining some of the greatest names in showbiz," Kermit said at the unveiling ceremony.

The Muppets were joined by Walt Disney Studios Chairman Rich Ross and Lisa Henson, the oldest child of The Muppets' late creator Jim Henson and the chief executive officer of The Jim Henson Co.

"Now The Muppets have truly arrived with their own star on Hollywood Boulevard in this amazing location which also happens to be very near my father's star and Kermit's star," said Lisa Henson.

"As The Muppets once sang, 'Look at us, here we are, right where we belong.' Yes they do belong, thanks to the lovers, the dreamers and you the fans," paraphrasing lyrics from the sentimental ballad "The Rainbow Connection" from "The Muppet Movie."

What began with Kermit's first TV appearance in 1955 has lead to a global phenomenon that is still going strong more than 50 years later. Since "The Muppet Show" began in 1976, audiences worldwide have embraced The Muppets.

"The Muppet Show" won four Emmys, including outstanding comedy-variety or music series in 1978, the same year it received a Peabody Award.

There have been seven Muppet films, beginning with "The Muppet Movie" in 1979. "The Muppets," the first Muppets film since "Muppets in Space" in 1999, became the first to win an Academy Award, receiving the best original song Oscar for "Man or Muppet."

Although the bulk of Walk of Fame stars honor people, The Muppets joined Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, Godzilla, the Rugrats, Shrek, The Simpsons, Snow White, Tinker Bell, Winnie-the-Pooh and Woody Woodpecker as characters having stars.

The unveiling of the 2,466th Walk of Fame star came on the same day as the 2011 film "The Muppets" became available on DVD, Blu-ray, Digital Download and On-Demand.

The City News Service contributed to this report.

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